Pacific Brands Sells Footwear Division

Pacific Brands is leaving the footwear market. The Australian company sold its unprofitable yet iconic Aussie footwear label Volley, and its local licenses to the Clarks and Hush Puppies brands, to Sydney-based private equity firm Anchorage Capital Partners.

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Aetrex CEO on the Benefits of Going Mobile

The days of Brannock devices being the most hi-tech feature in comfort footwear stores are long gone. And driving the updated innovation is men’s and women’s brand Aetrex, which paved a way for digital footwear fitting with its in-store iStep Technology, which scans and dispenses accurate foot measurements, arch type and pressure point information in less than 30 seconds.

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Trade Union Federation Launched at Chinese Footwear Plant

A federation of trade unions was formed on Tuesday at the strike-embattled Yue Yuen Industrial Holdings. The Chinese footwear manufacturer, which supplies Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Crocs and more, made headlines in April when it saw massive strikes at its Gaobu factory in Dongguan, Guangdong province over underpaid contributions to workers’ social insurance benefits.

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L.A. Gear to Make a Comeback

The 80s and 90s is back—in the form of L.A. Gear. The iconic sneaker brand, known for fusing fashion, sport and pop culture inspiration into its designs, is gearing up a Spring ’15 reboot with the reintroduction of its Originals line for men, women and children.

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